Aug 17, 2018
The European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) launched a new Call for Proposals on August 14. EPRM seeks to support activities to improve conditions in and around 3TG mines and for miners in conflict-affected and high-risk areas, including the Great Lakes Regions. Grants are intended for partnerships with a minimum of two partners, at least one of which must be a company.
EPRM will accept “quick scan” proposals for review and feedback until 14:00 CEST on October 18, 2018, with final, formal proposals due on November 11. A short fact sheet with details is attached and additional information can be found on the EPRM website. EPRM has requested that the PPA share this call for proposals with any interested parties; please feel free to circulate.
RESOLVE and the EPRM secretariat have been exploring opportunities to coordinate and possibly collaborate on projects and funding. As one option, a small group of PPA members will likely to join the EPRM’s advisory committee in early 2019 to review top proposals from this EPRM funding round. RESOLVE is identifying PPA volunteers from the Projects and Resources Work Group and Governance Committee.
Aug 17, 2018
The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region’s (ICGLR Regional Certification Manual (RCM) sets standards and procedures for the chain of custody systems in 3Ts and gold in the Great Lakes Region. Six years after its original publication, it is being revised to reflect practical implementation experience, clarify and streamline guidance and processes, and enhance its impacts. A proposed revised manual has been posted for a 60-day public consultation and comment period.
To download the revised RCM and associated Public Consultation Form, please visit the Levin Sources website; both documents are available in English and French. All feedback forms should be submitted to rcmr...@gmail.com by October 7, 2018.
Aug 17, 2018
On July 16, 2018, the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade hosted a webinar focused on the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) analysis of trends in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) artisanal minerals sector. Cherif Diallo of IOM presented data on changes in exports of 3TG across several provinces from 2015-2017; a summary of site validation activities and results; a summary of key challenges to responsible sourcing; and recommendations for provincial governments to meet critical needs.
Aug 17, 2018
Our annual PPA member meeting will be held on October 31, 2018 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM in Santa Clara, California, ahead of the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) conference. We will share updates on new PPA projects and activities, and discuss plans and priorities for 2019 and 2020. We will also receive a briefing from U.S. Government partners on their in-region activities, as well as an update on the Regional Certification Mechanism (RCM) revision process, which will conclude around the time of our meeting.
For those who also plan to attend the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) conference from October 31 – November 2, you need to register separately for that event.
Aug 2, 2018
Since the beginning of 2018, five new members have joined the PPA. We are pleased to welcome Global Communities, KEMET Corporation, LG Electronics, Microsoft (a Phase 1 member now rejoining), and Signet Jewelers.
These organizations will bring their experience and expertise to support the PPA’s aim of establishing and scaling up efficient, impactful, and effective minerals due diligence and governance systems in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa to promote economically sound and ethical global supply chains.
With Signet, the PPA expands its membership to the jewelry sector, adding to existing representatives of the electronic, automotive, and aerospace sectors. The tripartite PPA membership includes civil society, government, and companies from Asia, Central Africa, Europe, and North America. The full list of PPA members can be found on our website.
Additional information about each organization can be found on their websites:
Jul 13, 2018
The Regional Certification Manual (RCM), the framework by which Great Lakes states integrate and implement conflict minerals policies and practices, including principles of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance, is currently under review. As noted in our last member update, as part of the the 10th PPA Alignment Session at OECD in Paris, PPA Governance Committee members and invitees had the opportunity to hear a preview of work by the consultancy undertaking the RCM review, including initial ideas about revisions to bolster efficacy and sustainability of the RCM. The meeting and subsequent PPA Governance Committee and work group discussions also identified several opportunities for the PPA to further engage with the ICGLR and member states and other regional stakeholders. The meeting memo describing potential areas of PPA engagement is now available on the PPA website.
Jul 13, 2018
We are pleased to announce the membership of the PPA’s first jewelry retailer, Signet Jewelers. Signet joins current PPA private sector members representing supply chains of the electronic, automotive, and aerospace industry based in North America, Europe, and Asia.
David Bouffard, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, explained that Signet Jewelers is “committed to supporting communities beyond the regions where we have sales operations. This includes supporting the development of sourcing of conflict-free gold and diamonds from high-risk, artisanal and small-scale mining sources. We are very pleased to be part of PPA’s efforts in these areas.”
We look forward to working with Signet and exploring additional linkages to the jewelry and gold sectors as part of PPA’s work to support responsible minerals trade in the Great Lakes Region.
Jul 21, 2017
The original PPA Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will sunset on 21 August 2017. An MoU for a new 5-year partnership – largely based on the original has now been posted.
For continuity in membership, current members should review the new MoU and return the signatory page distributed in a 20 July email from Taylor Kennedy.
Organizations who are considering joining the PPA can find more information about the expression of intent, due diligence process, and MoU here.
Jul 13, 2017
On 1 May, 2017, the PPA Governance Committee convened the ninth Alignment Session to share information, answer questions, and document progress and challenges on alignment, in particular the following issues:
- Identifying potential gaps and opportunities – in an evolving regulatory environment – to sustain progress in implementation of the Regional Certification Mechanism (RCM) in an evolving regulatory environment;
- Opportunities to collaborate and strengthen the implementation, alignment, and credibility of the RCM.
- Opportunities to enhance sharing of due diligence data and other information between upstream and downstream actors
- Key barriers and potential policies, practices and other solutions to support legal artisanal mining within national and regional requirements and frameworks
The summary of the meeting will soon be available in English.
Materials shared at or following the meeting are available (or will be posted when available) below:
- Links to reports on mine management, inspection data, licensing information, 3rd party audit results for exporters from Rwanda Natural Resources Authority
- Links to BGR bulletins, audit results, and arrêtés related to validation missions in DRC.
- Updated guidance on Dodd-Frank/SEC disclosures in a recent white paper: http://www.conflictfreesourcing.org/media/docs/CFSI_2017WhitePaper.pdf
- CFSI guidance and recommendations on what should be included in Step 5 reporting
- Examples of such reporting that CFSI has found most robust.
- CFSI/EPRM graphic on supply chain initiatives
- Forthcoming report analyzing 2015 Step 5 reports from companies sourcing 3Ts from the Great Lakes Region.
- Report on threats to civil society (English | French)
- Draft revision of the revised RCM Certification Manual (expected to start process in September 2017). This process will include stakeholder consultation; participants expressed interest in receiving updates on this process when possible and noted it as an opportunity to address alignment issues with complementary regional due diligence systems.
- 2015 Step 5 reports posted to website (2016 coming soon)
- An overview of a systemic review of 2011-2016 incidents – including incident type, reporting, mitigation, and follow-up (circulated in advance of this meeting and linked here)
- Local/provincial/national committee reports (available on the website)
- Responsible Artisanal Gold Solutions Forum Year 1 Lessons Learned (circulated prior to this meeting and linked here)
- A forthcoming due diligence toolkit from the Responsible Artisanal Gold Solutions Forum, developed by Partnership Africa Canada, Tetra Tech (with support from BSP), PAMP, and RESOLVE
Jun 22, 2017
In April 2016, the PPA granted funds to the International Peace Information Service (IPIS) to implement a pilot monitoring system for gold production and trade in eastern DRC. IPIS has released the Phase 2 Progress Report, which can be viewed here. Findings include the need to graft implementation on the local context, by adapting methodologies to specific circumstances, environments, and partners; the importance of local capacity enhancement, such as anchoring artisanal mining monitoring within rural areas; and the central role of due diligence monitoring, which is necessary to satisfy formal criteria like OECD Guidance, and requires dynamic flexibility within less accessible areas of the Eastern Congo. The project team plans to use these reflections to guide their transition into Phase 3 of system implementation. The report also details how the project team finalized data collection, assimilation, and pilot implementation through local outreach and capacity building.